Stories by John Fontana

Microsoft revives Exchange road map

Microsoft on Wednesday reset the future of Exchange by finally retiring its grand collaboration plan for the server and laying out a slate of planned features for a new version.

Written by John Fontana21 Jan. 05 08:40

US Postal Service delivers single sign-on

The most famous person on the U.S. Postal Service's payroll -- six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong -- is known for his singular focus, a trait that appears to be rubbing off on his colleagues who handle the government agency's IT services.
The focus in IT isn't on a bicycle race, but on single sign-on (SSO), a way to ease password management for IT staff and end users alike, and help slash by 10 percent the monthly slog of password reset calls to the help desk.

Written by John Fontana30 Sept. 04 22:00

Will the real Bill Gates please stand up?

It not only pays to be Bill Gates, it also pays to look like him. Just ask John Ranlett and Steve Sires, two Gates impersonators who don't have to dress up to look like the software maven, and in a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction twist live within 10 miles of each other and not far from the Microsoft campus.
"I tell people it's the water," says Sires, who recalls a man who walked up to him in a grocery store, stared into his face and said, "same father, different mother" before walking away without another word.

Written by John Fontana04 Sept. 04 22:00

Microsoft scales back plans for Longhorn

Microsoft Corp. Friday made a dramatic retreat from its lofty goals for Longhorn, saying its highly touted storage subsystem would not ship with the client operating system.

Written by John Fontana27 Aug. 04 22:28

Windows Server 2003 service pack delayed until 2005

Microsoft Corp. Tuesday again delayed the release date for the first service pack for Windows Server 2003, a slip that also will hold up the release of Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems.

Written by John Fontana27 July 04 21:59

Interview: Lotus GM discusses past, present and future

IBM's Lotus software division is using its annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Fla., to review the software it released in 2003 and to lay out how its platforms – Notes/Domino, Lotus Workplace and WebSphere – all lead to the same destination – a place Lotus calls organizational productivity. Ambuj Goyal, general manager of Lotus Software, sat down with Network World US senior editor John Fontana to talk about past, present and future developments.
Last year you said to me that code talks, and I’m wondering what that code said over the past 12 months?

Written by John Fontana27 Jan. 04 22:00

Portal and web services: Web services pioneers report minimal pain

National Student Clearinghouse has built a Web service that streamlines and automates one of its key business processes.
And the good news, according to NSC and other network executives who have launched Web services projects, is that Web services doesn't come with a steep learning curve or crushing price tag.

Written by John Fontana12 May 03 22:00

Key Web services protocol gets help

A protocol described as one of the four pillars of Web services might finally be ready to live up to its grandiose billing and signal the start of the next phase of corporate adoption for the emerging technology.
The Universal Discovery, Description and Integration (UDDI) protocol has been the ugly stepchild to XML, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Web Services Description Language (WSDL), which have all gained favor as Web services have been tested and adopted by leading-edge corporations.

Written by John Fontana12 May 03 22:00